Category Archives: Event

Welcome to Country

Uncle Laurie Padmore

Welcome to Country with Uncle Laurie Padmore

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Yungaburra, theDulguburra Yidingi people and thank them for sharing Country with us.

Friday night 6 pm – Garden Stage

Poet’s Breakfasts

Poets love getting up early to share their musings and what better way to start your Festival day than with a barrel load of laughs, and some serious thoughts from our redoubtable reciters.

8.30 – 10 am Saturday: BYO Poet’s Breakfast at The Fringe

8.30 – 10 am Sunday Nick’s Restaurant: bookings essential


Djungle Djams

Django in the Djungle

Swing your mornings with Django in the Djungle gypsy swing band at the Gem Gallery – home of the most affordable breakfast in Yungaburra.

Revelers, dancers & Gypsy Swing djammers welcome.

9am-12noon Sat, Gem Gallery

9am-10:30am Sun, Gem Gallery

TFF McGinty’s Songwriter’s Competition

Tablelands Folk Festival invites you to enter the 2017 TFF McGinty’s Irish Bar Songwriter Competition.  This prestigious event offers 3 categories and 3 amazing prize packages.

Best Song – “Record the Single” – a recording prize package at Buzz Music Recording Studio, Cairns – Value: $720 [Every participant will compete for this major prize]

Open Category – “The Real McCoy” – Gig at McGinty’s Irish Bar, Cairns, name on perpetual trophy and $100 voucher from Buzz Music – Value: $355+

Emerging Category – “Mentoring Magic” at Cairns Voice Studio & individual trophy from Atherton Trophies – Value: $460+
[*Conditions apply for Emerging Category]

All contestants will receive a certificate of Participation & Judges’ Evaluation Summary.

Check for full details at  where an online registration can be completed.

Emerging: 10am Sat St Mark’s Church
Open: 1pm Sat St Mark’s Church

ChangoTree Album Launch

chango-TRee--2017“Window” is the culmination of 18 months of travelling from hometown Mornington Victoria to New Orleans, the UK and NYC, capturing a real global essence of roots, blues-cruise, funky-folk and surf reggae chang.

The album name and title track “Window,” was written for Julian Assange, in support for freedom of information and global transparency. It was an honour to personally give he and his team a copy at the Ecuador Embassy in London in July. Making music that matters!!

12.15 pm Saturday Curtin Fig Stage

Home Brew Competition

home brewTFF Home Brew Competition held every year at Nick’s Restaurant. Local and visiting brewers enter their finest lagers and ales, and the audience judges the winning brews during an afternoon of songs, poetry and trivia.

Open to all levels the aim is to gain a greater appreciation of the many styles, tastes. Aromas and colours of beer. As the competition is held within the festival, we encourage all entrants and audience members to contribute to the entertainment and merriment on the day.

1pm Saturday Nick’s Restaurant

Young Masters

Young MastersTheir ages range from just 20 years old to the ripe old age of 23!  Four very different exceptionally talented young musicians.

Jordan Brodie on Classical Guitar

Lachlan Hawkins on Hand Pan

John Buttigieg on Contemporary Guitar and

Ryo Montgomery on the Ukulele

In a round robin style event.  You’ll be astounded at the dexterity and skill of these 4 young guns.  Here is the future of our Festival.

1.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

Eagles Tribute – Hot Ice

Hot IceAre you the New Kid In Town? Welcome to the Hotel California for a Peaceful Easy Feeling. Take it Easy One of These Nights, grab a Tequila Sunrise and join these local Desperados as they Take It To The Limit.

3.30 pm Saturday Pub Ballroom

Dreamstate Circus

DreamState Circus
Non-stop action packed upbeat show incorporating high skill acrobalance, equilibrium, juggling, knives, comedy and more.

Before the Children’s Parade Saturday

Children’s Parade

Children's paradeHoot, shake, slap and drumroll, join the procession and celebrate the festival. All kids are welcome to join in, and they can spend the day in the Ergon’s Children’s Festival making their very own festival outfits. For the young and young at heart.

6 pm Saturday

Twin Flames Fire Show

Twin Flames
Souls separated by staffs but brought together by fire! Twin flames is a fire show unlike any other. Re-ignite your desire as you watch Jay and Sunny Ray entwine their bodies and expand the limits of belief as they perform partner acrobatics while spinning fire. Adults must be accompanied by an eager friend!

Saturday After the Children’s Parade

Festival Song Circle

song-circleHosted by acclaimed local Songwriter Shirley Lynn

An eclectic mix of 4 award winning songwriters.

  • Mick Hodgkins, writer of songs from the land
  • Rosie Burgess, Festival favourite
  • Katie Jay, Winner 2014 TFF Songwriter’s Competition
  • Daniel J Townsend, storyteller in song.

In a round robin style event.  Our Festival is in good hands with these consummate artists.

10 am Sunday Quincan Café